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Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) Series - Previous Revision

The CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) series, established in 1984 and copublished by Southern Illinois University Press, aims to influence how writing gets taught at the college level. The methods of studies vary from the critical to historical to linguistic to ethnographic, and their authors draw on work in the many various fields that inform composition—including rhetoric, communication, education, discourse analysis, psychology, cultural studies, and literature. Their focuses are similarly diverse, ranging from studies of individual writers and teachers, to work on classrooms and communities and curricula, to analyses of the social, political, and material contexts of writing and its teaching.

For questions related to the SWR series, please email Joseph Harris, SWR Editor.

Recent releases from the SWR series...

Newest SWR Books

  • Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age
    Author: Adam J. Banks

    ISBN: 978-0-8093-3020-1
    A remarkable addition to the study of African American rhetorical theory and composition studies, Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age will compel scholars and students alike to think about what they know of African American rhetoric in fresh and useful ways..
  • The Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies
    Authors: Donna Strickland

    ISBN: 978-0-8093-3026-3
    In this pointed appraisal of composition studies, Donna Strickland contends the rise of writing program administration is crucial to understanding the history of the field. Noting that existing histories of composition studies offer little to no exploration of administration, Strickland argues the field suffers from a “managerial unconscious” that ignores or denies the dependence of the teaching of writing on administrative structures.

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A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies
Author: James Ray Watkins Jr.
ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-8093-2931-1
James Ray Watkins Jr explores the value of college-level education in literature and language.  Using a blend of genres (biography, autobiography, history, manifesto), Watkins traces a family past in order to imagine a more democratic future for English studies, both within the academy and in America at large. Learn more about this text and listen to a podcast interview with the author.

Everyday Genres: Writing Assignments across the Disciplines
Author: Mary Soliday
ISBN/ISSN: 0-8093-3019-5
Mary Soliday uses genre theory and apprenticeship models of learning to consider how graduate writing fellows and faculty can be co-participants in the sharing of genre expertise with the goal of improving writing instruction. Learn more about this longitudinal study and listen to a podcast interview with the authors.

The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations
Authors: Howard Tinberg and Jean-Paul Nadeau
ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-8093-2956-4

The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations is an informative study on the challenges, expectations and adjustments facing first semester, two-year college students. Learn more about this text and listen to a podcast interivew with authors.

Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960, 
Author: Kelly Ritter

ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-8093-2924-3
Kelly Ritter uses materials from the archives at Harvard and Yale and contemporary theories of writing instruction to reconsider the definition of basic writing and basic writers within a socio-historical context.  Learn more about this text and listen to a podcast interview with the author by clicking the link above.

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